MIAMI BEACH, FLA. – Two South Florida business owners will pay to repair a vehicle damaged by spring breakers who were pushed away from Miami Beach’s entertainment district due to a City-mandated curfew.
Rashid Didar’s silver Toyota was left in need of repairs after it was scratched and badly dented. He said he could not believe it when the unruly crowd came towards him from Ocean Drive.
“You can see on the news already came out, and my car, they was jumping on my car,” Didar said. “I never thought anybody was going to come to help me.”
With Miami Beach Police’s assistance, Menin Hospitality owner Jared Galbut and Manny Diaz of Tremont Towing took Didar’s Toyota to get repaired and have a new coat of paint put on it.
“When things like this happen in Miami Beach, we come together as a community to support each other,” Galbut said. “That’s what we’re here for, and that’s what we represent.”
“They mentioned that they wanted help, because that’s what we do in this community,” Miami Beach Police officer Deborah Martineau said. “When we receive an unfortunate incident, we come together because we’re family, and this is what these gentleman did. They stepped up.”
Spring breakers on March 21 flooded residential neighborhoods after the city enforced an 8 p.m. curfew in the entertainment district. Several people were captured on video jumping on cars and scaling buildings during the chaos.
The two good Samaritans said Didar’s car should be as good as new in no time.
Didar, who has lived in Miami Beach for over 20 years, hopes the memories of this year’s spring break will disappear along with the damage to his car.
“I’m very appreciative for them,” he said.
The two business owners said they are also helping another Miami Beach resident whose property was damaged during the chaos.